Wed. May 29th, 2024

How to Winterize

Now that winter is coming, we had time to think about all the other things that needed to be done around the house. Particularly to prepare for winter. As new…

Christmas 2014

It’s hard to get into the Christmas spirit when your living room consists of a couple of plastic-wrapped chairs covered in drywall dust. Our first bit of festive cheer began…

Carless and Renovating

Alex and I are both urban planners (by training, anyways), and we love to hate on the irresponsible suburbanization of North American cities, especially with regard to how car-dependent we’ve…

Black Thumb

Improvements inside the house aren’t going so well, so I decided to venture outside and see what I could do about our front lawn situation. There were a lot of…

Under Attack

We seem to have finally won the battle against the raccoon living in our garage. For now. But now we have a new problem: squirrels. Squirrels are relatively cute creatures;…

Moving Day!

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but moving day is finally here! The apartment was in pretty good shape by Thursday night. Almost everything was packed and we only…

Rewiring a House: Part 1

Before the weekend we started the first step in the electrical work: tearing down the basement ceiling. I use the term ‘ceiling’ lightly here. Our ceiling was comprised mostly of…

Closing time

Closing is an interesting time. It’s supposed to be full of hope and excitement. Our was full of stress. But (spoiler alert), it all worked out. What to do before…

Mortgages

Mortgages are stressful. They are one of the most important contracts you’re ever going to sign and you really have no one looking out for you except yourself. Pre-Approval First…

It’s all over!

Today was crazy. CRAZY. Home Inspection This morning we headed over to the house for the home inspection. Our home inspector, Scott, took us through the entire house and patiently…

So much drama…

The roller coaster ride continues… This morning we got a call from the bank. CMHC wants to do an appraisal. The problem is that our offer expires tomorrow at 9pm…

Offer Accepted!

Today our agent called and asked what we wanted to do. We reluctantly suggested that we offer slightly more than our original offer. It wasn’t as much as she wanted,…

Relisted

Today the selling agent re-listed the house for more than the original price… Jerk. And she’s having another open house. Except she didn’t post it on the public site, much…

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For anyone who knows icq or msn emoticons, the title of this post is a huge spoiler alert. Last night was bid night. We left work early and met our…

Could it be?!

Today we went to see the Parkdale house. This beautiful, character-filled home is priced right and seems to be flying under the radar. We might actually have a chance! Alex…